TACLOBAN NEWS — The annual Sangyaw Festival parade usually held every 29th of June to honour Tacloban City’s patron saint Señor Santo Niño de Leyte and as part of its fiesta celebration turned into a sight-seeing walkathon, with more than a thousand participants and around a dozen floats from private and non-government organizations.
This year’s theme for Tacloban City’s Sangyaw parade revolved around giving thanks to all the foreign, national, and local organizations that helped Tacloban City and other areas hit by super typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst natural disasters the world has ever witnessed.
International groups who participated were the main groups in the parade — Oxfam, Save the Children, Volunteers for the Visayans, World Vision, Plan Philippines, Care Philippines, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), among others.
Private companies LBC, Talk and Text, Monterey, and ABS-CBN, also joined in the Sangyaw 2014 fray. Meanwhile, PhilHealth, Department of Health, and the Department of Education were some of the government agencies who showed support to the parade of thanks. Delegates from the various branches of the country’s armed services also participated.
Despite the light drizzle in the middle of the Sangyaw parade, both the participants and onlookers enjoyed the sights of the merrymakers, a refreshing respite from the harsh realities of life still being experienced in most of the typhoon-hit areas.